Character Across the Curriculum Course Proposals

Thank you for your interest in the “Character Across the Curriculum” initiative. Please read carefully the following instructions before submitting your course proposal and its supporting documents. All proposals are due by Friday, June 14, 2019. If you have questions, feel free to contact Dr. Lori Kanitz, Assistant Director, Institute for Faith and Learning, at Lori_Kanitz@baylor.edu or ext. 2739.
  1. Include with the proposal a draft of a syllabus for the proposed course. The syllabus should include the following:
    1. Course description (one paragraph)
    2. Course objectives
    3. Course readings
    4. Course assignments
    5. Other course activities
  2. Include with the proposal the previous syllabus and course description. Course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.
  3. Write and include a brief (no longer than two pages) proposal that includes the following:
    1. Identify one or more specific virtue you hope to foster through the course content, pedagogies, assignments, and/or classroom experiences and how that virtue relates to the purpose of the course. For a brief introduction to and list of virtues, see “Called to Character.”
    2. Explain how the course content, pedagogies, and classroom experiences will help fulfill Baylor’s stated mission of fostering “spiritual maturity, strength of character and moral virtue.”
    3. Explain how the proposed changes will alter the existing course.
    4. Explanation of any assessment tools that will be used to evaluate student learning (e.g. rubrics, pre-post tests)
    5. Include information about the course— whether it is an undergraduate or graduate course, whether it is a course for majors, an elective, or a general education course, an estimate of course enrollment, etc. Courses funded for this call for proposals must be taught during Spring 2020 semester.

    Successful proposals should demonstrate how the various elements of the course significantly contribute to students’ knowledge of, appreciation for, and understanding of the relationship between character formation and well-being. It should also identify the specific virtue or virtues the course seeks to cultivate—for example, how a business course on entrepreneurship seeks to develop students’ understanding of justice, or how a course on global studies aims to foster the virtue of Christian hospitality.

  4. After your proposal has been reviewed, you will be contacted no later than Monday, August 5, 2019, about dates and times for fall training workshops.